We all have busy lives and tons to do in a short period of time so below I outlined some tips that you can use to eat healthy in a minimal amount of time. Cooking each meal as you make is extremely time consuming and because we have the infamous microwave, reheating food is a non-issue! Next time you catch yourself saying you don’t have time to cook use the information here to your advantage and give it a shot! You’ll only get faster and more efficient with practice!
Two Days A Week:
Choose a couple days each week and set aside some time to cook up a bunch of food at once. I like to cook on Thursday and Sunday evenings so my food isn’t in the fridge for any more than 4 days!
Pick Your Preference:
Grab a couple of protein sources like red meat and white fish or some turkey breast and salmon. Personally my main carbohydrate source is rice so I make a bunch of that too! As for veggies I favor cruciferous ones like broccoli, bok choy, cauliflower, asparagus and spinach and then I add a few different colors from peppers!
If you have an oven there is no excuse not to be able to cook quickly. Baking is about the easiest way to prep food out there and it takes a total of about 5 minutes working time. Turn your oven on, cover your baking sheet with parchment paper for minimal clean up and toss your food in the oven. Set the timer and go do whatever you need to do be it laundry, take the dog for a walk or watch a show. When you come back it's done!
Rice or quinoa are the easiest carb sources to cook because all you have to do is throw them in a rice cooker with some water and voila! If you like potatoes or pasta it may require a little more effort but it’s well worth it to enjoy what you’re eating.
Cut them up and throw them in a pan/pot to steam or in the microwave for even easier preparation!
I like to cut all of my protein sources up ahead of time once they’ve cooled down from cooking so I have virtually nothing to do but scoop it onto my plate when I’m ready to eat. Cutting it all up at once saves you clean up time because you’re not using a cutting board every time you want to eat, just the one time!
Throw your food in some containers (preferably glass) and store it in the fridge once you're finished! All you have to do is reheat your choices over the next few days and you have healthy, tasty, home cooked food all the time!
If you prepare your food ahead of time like this there is no reason for you to be munching on crackers while you cook. It will also save you a ton of money because you wont be grabbing take-out if you have prepared meals sitting in your fridge! This way when you get home from a long day you can eat healthy as opposed to reaching for poor quality stuff when you’re starving!